Red Tail Ale | Mendocino Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States
mendobrew.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2000

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Ranking:
#44,565
Reviews:
483
Ratings:
970
pDev:
14.78%
Bros Score:
3.87
 
 
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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness/toffee, pear, apple, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness/toffee, pear, apple, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness/toffee, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this a very good English style amber ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of bile_duck56
4.23/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really like this Ale. Very rich and tastes great. Just the right balance of carbonation and bitterness, with a great after taste. Hey I will not pretend I know how to describe beer with words like Hops and IPAs, with hints of this or that. I just know this Ale rocks.

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Photo of IPAchris
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Falcone
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear amber in the glass. Minimal head with pour retention. No lacing observed.

Smell is butter and stale malt/hops. I'm not sure if I've ever had fresh beer from this brewery; pretty sure all they put out is shelf turds.

Taste isn't surprising. A decent malt flavor along with some stale bitter hops. The finish is what kills it; plenty of butter and even a bit of a sour funk (the bad kind).

Would try again if I could find it fresher though I doubt it would be that much better. A very mediocre red.

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Photo of Shafaegalo
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FLima
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber copper color with a thick one finger head with medium retention and leaving some laces.
Aroma with notes of caramels, mint, melon and oranges.
Flavor with notes of toasted and caramel malts, a bit of hay, mild pine, spices from American yeast, grapefruit, tea leaves and American yeast. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Medium light feeling body with appropriate carbonation.
Pleasant and balanced American Amber Ale, no extreme flavors, still not dull. Huge drinkability and reference for the style.

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Photo of pat61
4.19/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours dark amber with a slight haze under a frothy 2” cream colored foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: A hint mint on popping the cap but not a lot of aroma, some dried fruit and caramel from the malt.
T: Fruit, biscuit, malt and hops, a light chocolate note, caramel, faint fruit and roast.
F: Very creamy, medium to medium light body, medium carbonation.
O: A well flavored mild beer that is easy to drink.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AmitC
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CandaceLai
2.28/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Too hoppy, color is light brown, strange aftertaste (mixture of sour and sweet)

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Photo of Diskroll
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Tastes like a lager with a bit of hops on the end. Drinkable but missing a lot of the flavors I want in an ale.

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Photo of MattMorin
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of casapy
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MJ64
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 1morkerto
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light red... Seems to be minimal hop, decent flavor. A little watery, but some after bite. OK

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Photo of pianoguy
3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 bottle

Pours a light brown copper body with a creamy 1/2 inch off white head. Some lacing

A faint smell of malt

Starts out a malt taste that leads into a mix of sweet and a bitter. Nice finish .

Feel is crisp and a bit prickly

Overall It was like a lager but with a slight hop bitterness that just seems to work!

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep amber/pale brown with a reddish hue producing 2+ fingers of somewhat lasting, pale tan, foamy/frothy head that leaves a minor level of streaky, webby lacing. Aroma is toffee, caramel & earthy hops. Taste is dark bread, roast and nutty notes, more intense earthy hops with hints of yeasty fruity esters. The sip finishes with caramel, roast & nuts, fruit, some pepper & a light hop bitterness. Afrertaste is a dry, astringent & slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, wet but slightly dry, silky with a little prickle & a pleasant astringency.

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Photo of Josh_951
3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jooler
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty fruity initial taste then it starts tasting like a lager. It's meh

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Photo of wisegreensoul
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrMullet
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bplabernie
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 31Sam13
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another blast from the past that I reacquired...great stuff...a hybrid red that is great with many seafood (yes I said it) dishes....

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Photo of ChaseTheAce
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Red Tail Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 970 ratings